For the first time since 1986, Mississippi State football will play a game in the Northeastern United States, while head coach Dan Mullen returns to his New England roots. To commemorate the special occasion, MSU and Adidas unveiled a new alternate uniform, which will be worn when the Bulldogs visit Gillette Stadium against UMass on Saturday, September 24th.
Combining innovation with style and detailing, the new special edition uniform is centered around the iconic maroon and white colors of the Bulldog football program, along with metallic silver accents to create a bold alternate look. The color scheme creates a three-color tackle-twill template and is highlighted with the Mississippi State banner logo strategically placed across the chest plate of the jerseys.
Maroon continues to serve as the base color of the pants, highlighted by dual-stripe grey accent lining that unifies the uniform from the underarm of the jersey down to the calf. The prevalence of the maroon follows tradition as the MSU color has played a key role in the program's identity since 1895 when its first football coach, W.M. Matthews, selected the official school colors prior to its first-ever game against Union University.
Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels. The jersey's padlock system secures tension over the shoulder pads, while the bodymap fit adheres to the player, making it difficult for opponents to grab, hold or tackle.
The new alternate look continues with a metallic silver helmet featuring the primary Mississippi State mark and a maroon facemask. Additionally, the adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves feature an oversized graphic of the MSU logo sitting atop a maroon carbon fiber pattern. The adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack for consistent control in all weather conditions.
Mullen, the third-longest current tenured coach in the Southeastern Conference, grew up in Manchester, N.H., less than 80 miles from where the Bulldogs will play Saturday. He returns to the Boston area for the first time since completing the 120th Boston Marathon earlier this spring where he helped raise over $60,000 for his Mullen 36 Family Foundation.